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Ian Boyd has written on Longhorn sports at Barking Carnival and in Peter Bean's annual Texas preseason football magazine. As a history major, he's looking to nail down the micro-level strategies and details of the team to tell a macro-level story of a program trying to maintain Texas as a national power.

Alamo Bowl 2012 Review

While Okafor dominated the game, Applewhite and Ash seized control of the Longhorn's future.

Holiday Bowl 2012: Rise of the Bears

Coming to a Big 12 near you ...

Previewing the bowl season

A conversation about Johnny Football, Mack Brown, Manti Te'o and everything else worth watching as the college football season comes to an end.

Is Mack's program failing?

Ian Boyd examines Bryan Harsin's departure and the ominous signs for Texas football.

Alamo Bowl preview: Can Texas get back on track?

How the Longhorns prepare for their bowl game will tell us a lot about whether Mack Brown can keep control of the program going forward.

Will the Texas defense crown Klein Heisman?

Ian Boyd examines the Heisman race and questions whether the Texas defense will play a part in crowning the winner.

Texas vs. TCU preview

The Longhorns begin their post-Texas A&M Thanksgiving day matchups against a Frogs team eager to prove themselves.

Renewing the Rivalry

Will we ever see the state rivalry game on Thanksgiving again? Should we?

Texas vs. Iowa State: The toughness challenge

Can the Longhorns' win streak survive the fundamentally tough Iowa State Cyclones?

Texas vs. Texas Tech: Statement game

Saturday's game in Lubbock offers an opportunity for both teams to make a statement, both this season and going forward.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.